Archive for Artists Reception

Dowling Walsh Gallery hosting three exhibitions for October

Tollef Runquist, Carrying Cake, 2019, Oil on canvas, 54″ x 60″


Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of October for Tollef Runquist, Sarah McRae Morton, and Reggie Burrows Hodges

Opening Friday, October 4th from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

Tollef Runquist

Tollef Runquist received his B.A. in Studio Art from Dickinson College in 2002. Since then he has been continuing his education through painting and other mediums. He lives and works in Searsport, Maine. He has had solo exhibitions at Taylor Gallery, Meriden, NH; Ober Gallery, Kent, CT; and OK Harris, New York, NY; among others. Runquist looks at a wide range of artists as inspiration including Richard Diebenkorn, Monet, De Kooning, Gauguin, Bonnard, Rothko, Sargent, Gordon Grant, Gerhard Richter, Hopper, Homer, Klimt and Egon Schiele.

Runquist states, “Painting for me is an undertaking of appreciation and inquiry. It is a means by which to engage the beauty and mystery of visual experience in an ongoing dialogue. This is a widening puzzle; as I partake in this conversation, it continually refreshes itself, revealing unexpected angles and new understanding. I feel no particular loyalty to realism or my own past work. I set to draw out a particular vision as long as my experience with it is visceral, attentive and useful. I try to encapsulate the fullness of my experience of a moment; weight and stillness, burning edges, massive calm. These move me towards a particular subject, I try to paint and honor them, and then move on.”


Sarah McRae Morton, The Half Life of Luck, Frank Morley Fletcher Twist Morton in the Clover, Oil on line, 60″ x 60″


Sarah McRae Morton

Sarah McRae Morton grew up in rural Lancaster County Pennsylvania, where she still keeps a hayloft studio above the horse stalls in her family’s barn. Sarah attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. She has studied chemical composition of paintings in Rome as well as studied with Odd Nerdrum in Norway. Sarah received a Mattisse Foundation fellowship for her work on the local history of West Virginia, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been exhibited across the country, including at the Vermont Studio Center. She currently lives and paints in Cologne, Germany.

Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories learned. The events and people illustrated are not bound by time or fact, but are imbued with ghosts and artifacts from cross sections of history. Sarah’s work is wildly romantic, with an earthy palate and energetic movement around the canvas that quiets on key moments – detailed renderings of the face of a bear, the lips of a lover, the fox stole around a poet’s neck. The paintings seem to flicker to life with her spirited brush strokes.


Reggie Burrows Hodges, First Serve, Hands Behind Your Back, Acrylic on canvas, 58″ x 84″


Reggie Burrows Hodges

Reggie Burrows Hodges is a narrative figurative painter whose work centers around visual metaphor and storytelling. He works primarily large-scale on raw canvas, wood and rag paper with acrylic and pastel — exploring themes such as identity, truth, surveillance, and often childhood memories. As method, Hodges paints from a black ground, developing the environment around the figure so it emerges from its surroundings, examining the possibility that we are all products of our environment.

Hodges attended the University of Kansas studying theatre and film. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Maine College of Art teaching Cinematic Storytelling, Character Design and Professional Studio Development in Animation and Game Arts. Hodges has been the recipient of numerous artist residencies including the Ellis- Beauregard Foundation, Stephen Pace House and Monson Arts.


Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery Hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday.

For more information, visit us online at  or call 207-596-0084

Cynthia Winings Gallery opening for “Reverant Outcomes”

Image: M P Landis, Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 16 inches

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents “Reverant Outcomes”  a group exhibition with an Opening Reception: Sunday September 22 4 – 7PM

With New Work for Season VII from:
Louise Bourne Josephine Burr Tom Curry David Hornung Christine Lafuente Joanna Logue Buzz Masters Bill Mayher Libby Mitchell Carol Pelletier Jerry Rose Lari Washburn. And in the New Sculpture Garden: Ray Carbone Rebekah Raye Melita Westerlund and John Wilkinson! The Cynthia Winings Gallery is pleased to present the fifth group exhibition of the season  Reverent Outcomes. Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception Sunday September 22 4 – 7 PM. On view  September 17 – October 14

“Art Harvest” Sums Up Stable Gallery’s season

Daisy Greene “Moon Mosaic,”


The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta inaugurated its final 2019 show, “Art Harvest,” this week.  The gallery will hold an artists’ reception open to the public on Friday, September 20, from 5 to 7pm.

“Art Harvest” suggests a culmination and gathering-in, conclusion of a summer’s work.  This final show of the gallery’s season will run through October 18.

Featured painter Daisy Greene’s popular work is sometimes whimsical and sometimes mysterious.  It always exhibits a carefully-crafted color palette.  “Moon Mosaic,” in acrylic, perfectly demonstrates Greene’s simplified forms, poetic conception, and blend of warmth and coolness.  The resulting painting creates a powerful mood.

Also featured are painters Penelope Moodey, Caroline Clare Davis, and Christopher Reed; sculptors Marnie Sinclair and Laura Freeman; jeweler Mary Hall; ceramicist Lori Watts; and fiber artist Janet Percival.

The Stable Gallery strives to present truly individual and high-quality art and fine crafts by Maine artists.  The gallery is housed in a 19th-century Victorian Stable, at 28 Water Street in Damariscotta.  The Gallery is open daily 10AM-5PM until October 18. For more information call the gallery at 563-19991.

Betts Gallery Presents “Animalia”

Sheep Jones, Hide 21, oil on wood, 12” x 12”

Please join Betts Gallery at an opening reception on Friday, September 27th, 5:30-8pm, for a group show entitled ‘Animalia’. The work, in a variety of media, is inspired by both domestic and wild creatures that inhabit our planet, on the land, in the air and under the sea. The show, which runs through October 26th, features artists Sally Brophy, MJ Viano Crowe, Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, David Estey, Helene Farrar, Conny Hatch, Sheep Jones, Kirk P. Linder, Kat Logan, Kathi Peters, Rebekah Raye, Willy Reddick, Dorothy Royle, Jill Stasium and Peter Walls.

The Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk is always a fun time to stroll around town, visit the galleries, talk to the artists, see some friends and enjoy some fine refreshments. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered from Beaver Street. For more information please call 338-6465 or visit the website,

New Exhibitions at George Marshall Store Gallery

Daniel Anselmi “Untitled (3-12)”, mixed media, 30” x 40”

The summer light is beginning to soften along the York River as Autumn begins to take hold. With Labor Day weekend over and the hustle and bustle beginning to ease, now is the perfect time to stop by the George Marshall Store Gallery to see the newly installed exhibitions. 

Included are works by three artists who use materials that are reclaimed. Each appreciates the beauty in these salvaged objects and transform them into something new. Daniel Anselmi, from Belfast Maine, integrates, among other things, blueprints, old ledgers and used drop cloths, into his painted abstractions. Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in these abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer.

Philip Frey “Indigo Avenue”, oil on canvas, 30” x 30”

Paul Bowen incorporates wood that has a history, creating three dimensional sculptures. The artist merges his current environment in southern Vermont with Provincetown by creating sculptures that combine salvaged wood from the beaches with beaver chewed wood from a nearby dam. His pieces are rustic and raw and simultaneously elegant. A native of Wales, he has spent the majority of his adult life in the United States and has been a key figure in the Provincetown arts community.

Duncan Johnson “Passage”, reclaimed wood, 21” x 20”

Duncan Johnson’s wall mounted assemblages are created out of that which has been salvaged. Working with reclaimed wood from landfills and construction sites in Vermont, he creates wall sculptures by reassembling the found wood. The pieces that he uses tell a story with their fading paint, nail holes and weathered surfaces. His work contains aspects of sculpture, drawing and painting, and reflect his many interests which range from quilting to architecture.

 Showing alongside these three artists is Sachiko Akiyama, a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire. Akiyama masterfully carves exquisite figures that draw the viewer in, allowing one to bring their own personal interpretation to her work. She is inspired by a wide range of influences ranging from medieval Christian wood carvings to contemporary sculpture. Her figures are based on herself and her family including relatives who have passed away. Although her work is very personal and is a combination of memories, family history, dreams and cultural symbols, the sculptures allow for multiple interpretations.

Scott Schnepf “Yellow Wall”, oil on wood, 12” x 12”

Scott Schnepf showcases both paintings in gouache and oil as well as several woodcut prints. Schnepf’s mastery of these mediums is apparent in his beautifully rendered still lifes of everyday objects and landscapes from personal travels. Schnepf recently retired from teaching at the University of New Hampshire and is enjoying working almost full time in his studio in the Salmon Falls Mill in Rollinsford. His work has been exhibited throughout the country and is in the permanent collection at the Library of Congress, the Currier Art Museum and the Portland Museum of Art.

With a pop of vibrant color, Philip Frey’s work is featured in the dock level gallery. Frey lives and maintains a studio in Sullivan Maine and his local environment is reflected in his work. With an interest in the working harbors of Maine, he paints from direct observation, focusing on color and light. “Experimentation with unexpected color, assertive shape and multifarious and fearless brushstroke has always been the aspiration of my work” explains Frey. His work straddles the line between representational and abstract. Frey will give a gallery talk and book signing on Friday, September 20 th at 6 pm.

The exhibitions run through September 29 th . Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 1-5. 140 Lindsay Road, York Maine.

“For Peace Sake” Group Exhibit Opens at Haley Art Gallery

Back Porch – Big House By Tom Glover


Celebrate World Peace Day at Haley Art Gallery with For Peace Sake group exhibit opening reception on Saturday, September 21, 3-6pm in Kittery.  Works on exhibit include those by artists: Barbara D’Antonio, Tom Glover, Gene Galipeau, Patricia Kaufman and Bill Oakes.  The exhibit will remain on view through November 23. Opening day art purchases will get a 15% discount.

 “With wars waging at every corner of our planet, we observe World Peace Day by surrounding our patrons and the public with creative works of our artists that reflect serenity, hope, and fellowship as a community to preserve our fragile world,” explains Jackie Abramian and Harout DerSimonian owners of the Haley Art Gallery.

The Gallery’s grounds showcase colorful metal sculptures by Chris Newcomb and its gift shop offers handmade artisanal gifts created by women in the U.S., as well as those made by refugee, marginalized and disadvantaged women across the globe from African countries, to Syria, Lebanon, Cambodia, India, Armenia and more.  Patrons enjoy social impact shopping by empowering women across the globe to earn a living and become financially independent.  

Gallery is open Thursdays – Saturdays 11am to 6pm. For more information contact: Jackie Abramian 617-584-2580 or  

Shaw Contemporary Jewelry final Opening Sept 5.

Shaw Contemporary Jewelry in Northeast Harbor is hosting a final Opening and Artists Reception  Sept 5, 5 – 7 pm.
Judy Taylor: Models in the Winter Studio
Judy immerses herself in painting the human form from live models. Nuances of personalities are brought forward that often relate to occupation, tempermenant, and social standing. Powerful is an adjective often mentioned in reference to her portraits.
Deborah Page: Painted Stories
Bar Harbor native Deborah rarely plans out a painting. She starts with free, playful mark making and builds visual texture with color, line, and shape. At some point in the process an image will appear. She plays and develops it further as things appear and disappear. The painting evolves in the same way you might write a story. They are playful and inviting.

“Roger Dale Brown: Around Town” Opens at Gleason Fine Art

Roger Dale Brown, Journey’s End, 24 by 36 oil on canvas

For “Around Town,” his first solo show at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, Roger Dale Brown, one of the country’s foremost marine painters, chose to focus on Boothbay Harbor and the surrounding villages, including Southport, East Boothbay, Pemaquid, and Port Clyde. “Around Town” opens August 22 and runs through September 17, with a reception for Roger on Saturday, August 24, from 5 to 7 pm.

Brown, who comes to Maine every summer, visited Boothbay Harbor last fall and  then spent the winter turning his sketches into 15 luminous oils for “Around Town.” Brown’s Boothbay Harbor paintings range from his unique take on the Harbor’s iconic footbridge and Catholic church to much less immediately recognizable places. “Out to the Ocean,” a 36 by 36 inch oil, is a spot you pass by on your way to Brown’s Restaurant and Spruce Point, but despite being as picturesque as can be, you may never have noticed it. It’s the narrow cove that separates the Sea Pier from the Co-op.

“Old Ways” may look familiar to some. Others will look at this dreamily beautiful scene and wish that it were here in town. But, in fact, it is here; it’s the seawall, well-patched building, and docks at the very end of Road’s End in Boothbay Harbor. 

With his practiced eye and great skill, Brown takes the ordinary and turns it into something extraordinary: “I sought out intimate spots that connected personally with me as an artist–scenes with working fishermen and folks who make a living from the sea. I wanted to visit places locals visit, experience their everyday lives on boats, touch the side of a hull, smell the salt and fish in the air.”

With “Loading Up,” a 24 by 24 inch oil, Brown captures Boothbay Harbor’s busy inner harbor. Brown takes our eye from a close-up of the lobster boat “Sea Bound,” which is tucked up next to a stack of traps ready to go aboard, across the harbor, and then up into the hills beyond, where immaculate, white-painted Victorians and B&B’s are set against the sky. Such a perfect and beautiful spot–right here, in Boothbay Harbor.

 “Roger Dale Brown: Around Town” opens August 22 and runs through September 17 at Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Avenue, in Boothbay Harbor. The gallery invites friends, fellow artists, and the public to a reception for Roger on Saturday, August 24, from 5 to 7 pm. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. Call the gallery at 207-633-6849 or email the gallery at for more information. Visit the gallery’s website,, to see Roger Brown’s entire show and the gallery’s inventory of contemporary and estate artists.

Greenhut Galleries Presents “Color Notes”

Behind Fish Beach, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

Greenhut, on September 5-28th is pleased to present Color Notes, an exhibition of new oil paintings by one of Maine’s most masterful, and most popular, plein air artists, Colin Page. Greenhut is located in Portland and an opening reception will be held on September 5 from 5-7pm and an Artist Talk on September 21 at 1pm. As Press Herald art critic, Daniel Kany puts it, “Page is a leading light of what is called ‘Maine painting’ — that striking, quick and largely improvisational style of observational painting that ranges from Winslow Homer to Don Stone; Maine painting blends a bold brush with atmospheric light and an ever-present sense of place.” Colin shares a bit about his personal process and inspiration in his artist statement below: 

The spark of an interesting color or light sensation inspires me to start a painting. A color relationship can create a mood, describe a time of day, give depth to a flat canvas, and emulate a vibration or glow. With this series, I begin each painting with a specific color idea: a harmonious color key or a discordant contrasting key. The paintings are not exact replicas of a scene, but instead are driven by the mood and story I can tell with color and brushwork.

This creative use of color is sometimes described in musical terms. Color notes are individual moments that sing when placed in relation to one another. When there is an overall color scheme to a painting, it forms a harmony that can be felt in a way similar to a musical key in a song. A color can be read as discordant but still be the right note. Colors can work together to create the equivalent uplift of a major chord, or the slight sad turn of a minor. A painting is not a copy of nature, but a composition that describes a feeling.  

Color is just one tool of communication that I use, but the power and depth of this expression directs my decisions when I consider what to paint, and why.

Colin Page was raised in Baltimore, Maryland and studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Whether working on location or in the studio, Colin strives to capture the atmosphere and light of a scene. Colin currently lives in Maine, where he focuses on painting the landscape, and scenes that show his life as a father of two young girls. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions and group shows nationally and abroad

2 Blue, painted wooden construction, 11×15 inches

Our September side gallery show will feature new work by artist, Zen master, and former Monhegan Island resident Mike Stiler. Stiler’s love of working with recycled material is a sort of meditation for the artist that brings humor and light to the world, a direct reflection of his search for inner Zen and his background teaching Buddhism. He describes himself as “basically a cartoonist who works with wood, copper, paint, nails, steel, aluminum, leather, rubber, plastic, stone, graphite, watercolor, charcoal, ink, linoleum block, glitter, silicone, found objects, junk, photographs, ball point pen, words, ideas and empty space.” Mike describes his practice and his inspiration as follows: 

Everything I do and everything I make comes out of the question, ‘Who am I?’ This question is fundamental to the realization of anything that deserves to be called art. It is my deepest longing to make art that is funny, serious, scary, humble, confused, light, heavy, deep, shallow, clumsy, elegant, common, colossal, abstract, figurative, narrative and enlivening. I wish to, in any way I can, carry on the tradition of my heroes, Louis Armstrong, Agnes Martin, Vincent VanGogh, Pierre Bonnard, Walt Whitman, Bob Dylan, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, J.S. Bach, Alice Neel, Blackie Langlais, Huang Po,Ta Hui, Dogen, Joshu, Bankei, Beethoven, Robert Crumb and anyone else committed to finding the smallest in the biggest and the biggest in the smallest.

Mike Stiler attended Syracuse University School of Fine Arts for sculpture and Rochester Institute of Technology for painting. His work is in collections at the School of American Craftsman in Rochester and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York.

Cove Street Arts Presents “Exquisite Beauty”

Cove Street Arts, in Portland presents an opening reception of: Exquisite Beauty,  the enduring legacy of grace.  The reception will be held on Thursday September 19, 5:00-7:00.  The exhibition showcases the international photography of two Maine-based artists, David Caras and Meredith Kennedy. This striking show was curated by Marcia Minter, co-founder of Indigo Arts Alliance.

For more information, visit